Event at Maryland State Fair featured 10 winners and awarded $250,000 in prizes.
An Eastern Shore woman boogied her way to the finish of the Maryland Lottery’s 50th Anniversary Cash Bash Event on Friday night, nabbing a $100,000 prize before an audience of spectators at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.
The winner, 63-year-old Virginia Mayo Holland was one of 10 finalists who had been randomly selected from more than 3.3 million entries in the Maryland Lottery’s 50th Anniversary Cash Bash second-chance promotion.
A centerpiece of the Maryland Lottery’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Cash Bash promotion ran from February to August and featured a series of five drawings. In each drawing, two finalists were selected to take part in the Cash Bash Event for a chance to win a prize of up to $5 million.
Mayo Holland and the other nine finalists entered the contest by registering $50 worth of any Lottery products through My Lottery Rewards, the Maryland Lottery’s player loyalty program.
In Friday’s event, Mayo Holland advanced to the last of three rounds by selecting a series of numbers from a large video board. With each selection, the finalists had a chance to win a cash prize or advance further in the event for a chance to win larger prizes.
Although the results were random, Mayo Holland’s number selection had a purpose.
“I was choosing numbers that were meaningful for me, my husband’s age, my number of children,” she said.
When one of those meaningful selections carried her to the final round, she punctuated the lucky moment with a dance and a little twirl.
“That’s my lucky dance — something I’ve always done when luck comes my way,” Mayo Holland said with a smile.
The lucky finalist would dance again — this time after revealing several matching prize amounts in the final round and winning $100,000.
“I’m just so grateful,” she said. “With this prize money I can do things that will improve life for both me and my husband.”
The other nine other finalists also won prizes at the Cash Bash Event:
- Andrea Grimes from Huntingtown
- Belinda Parsons from Salisbury
- Harry Sheldon from Easton
- Fern Francis from Washington, D.C.
- Patricia Curtis from Baltimore
- Anita Karki from Montgomery Village
- Jacqueline Kluga from Arnold
- Connie Plater from Oxon Hill
- Bonnie Klein from Forest Hill